The Family & Marriage Counseling
Directory is now offering a free "help guide" delivered via email to
anyone who wants it, and visitors can request it simply by going to
June 24, 2009 -- The Family & Marriage
Counseling Directory (FMC Directory for short) was started in the
Fall of 2003 by Chris Hartwell, MSW, with the purpose of making it
easier for people to find therapists in the US through major search
engines like Google, Yahoo, and MSN. At the time, very few websites
for therapists were showing up for popular searches like "marriage
counseling," "family counseling," "couples counseling," and more.
This is where The Family & Marriage Counseling Directory filled its
niche and accomplished the task it set out to - "within months we
were at the top of Google's search results for 'marriage counseling'
and we've stayed there ever since," says Chris. "We've become one of
the most popular sites on the web for people to locate a therapist
nearby, and we've been doing it for over 5 years straight now."
The "Help Guide" available through
family-marriage-counseling.com is a natural complement to the other
helpful resources for people looking for marriage advice. "First and
foremost," states Chris, "our goal is to get those looking for help
connected to licensed therapists." "I realize that not everyone's
ready for therapy when they initially find us though, and that's the
main reason we offer the different self-help products and articles
that are available through our website." The Help Guide was created
with two main purposes:
1. To give visitors a list of the
most respected resources available for couples in crisis. This
is sent in an email and as a PDF attachment once the visitor
confirms their email address. It contains a list of directories
provided by professional licensing bodies, self-help programs,
as well as social media sites for support.
2. To give visitors some of the best marriage advice submitted
to our website from professional counselors and therapists over
the years in an easy to follow format. After the visitor
requests the Help Guide, they will receive a new article each
week that was written to help couples in crisis. The series
alternates between articles written by professional therapists,
and "Self Help Spotlights" that cover some of the unique self
help programs available for marriages.
Visitors who sign up for the "Help Guide" get it free of charge and
can unsubscribe at any time. Since the guide was started a few
months ago, there are already over 250 visitors who have requested
it and benefit from remaining on the list.
The information is very helpful and can serve a number of different
- The Help Guide can be reprinted
and distributed by healthcare agencies and professionals as long
as proper attribution is kept intact so that people know where
it came from, and so that any links in digital copies are
accurate and take visitors to the appropriate website.
- The information can be used by
individuals to find practitioners and resources they are
seeking, and individuals can gain helpful insight from the
articles written by professional therapists.
- Professional therapists can
submit articles to The Family & Marriage Counseling Directory in
order to add to the available information and possibly have
their work published through the list along with proper credit
given to the author.
Chris goes on to say, "We've had
over a half million unique visitors in the past year come to our
website looking for help, and this Help Guide we've created is
just another way to reach out to them. Best of all, we know that
it if they haven't seen a therapist yet for marriage counseling,
or done some type of self-help program, that when they decide
to, they'll know where to turn. Counseling is a powerful tool
for helping us create change in our lives."
With the current state of our
nation's economy, the cost of marriage counseling is prohibitive
for many couples, so free marriage counseling tools and advice
can come in handy now more than ever before. The FMC Directory
takes extra care to ensure that these types of tools and
information get put in front of those who need them. To sign up
for the free help guide, use any of the forms on our website or
this one below: